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a little pink on a tuesday morning. i like it. >> nice. prescription drugs are a part of life for many people. and for those with more serious medical needs, paying for those pills can get expensive. >> very. so enter the age of comparison shopping. a little effort and smartphone
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could add up to major savings. abc's paula faris has more. >> reporter: kerry and andrew from lake worth, florida are living on the edge. is this something that could ruin you financially? >> absolutely. we're worried about losing our home. >> reporter: like so many american families, they need and pay for several prescriptions every month, like blood pressure medicine, and kerry has crohn's disease. then their worst nightmare. their insurance company told them they won't cover all of it. now they're facing a $20,000 bill every month. are you guys afraid right now? >> yes. >> reporter: so we brought in michelle katz. tip one, check your bill like at a restaurant. believe it or not, there are codes for your drugs and often they get them wrong. we found one of those, fixed it and immediately saved them $1,200. tip two, arm yourself with this app called low rx. here's why. did you know drug prices fluctuate like gas prices?
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different pharmacies can charge different prices for the same drug. the app tells you the average price for your drugs and arms you with the address and phone number of every pharmacy in your area. we found one of her drugs $100 cheaper at costco. tip three, even if you're not a member, you can still fill prescriptions at the big wholesalers. if i'm not a nonmember, i still have my prescription filled here? >> yes. >> reporter: negotiate to bring the price down. >> reporter: are you ready to negotiate? >> absolutely. >> reporter: if i bring in cash, is there more bargaining power? when we comes back, a deal. >> $12. >> reporter: because she paid cash, she saved $18. it went from $30 to $12. >> correct. >> reporter: and tip five, you can go directly to the big drug
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companies. she gave proof of the family's finances, saying they may have to stop buying their drugs altogether. together. what was going to cost them $17,000 a month will now cost them $411. i see a tear. >> that's a big burden. >> now i'm starting to cry. >> reporter: did you think this would be possible? >> no. >> reporter: paula faris, abc news, new york. >> you know, there are families like that, that are living in the shadows. almost 50% of americans are on some kind of prescription drug and need this information. just to be able to survive. some people need drugs to live their day-to-day lives. >> you can tell a difference it made in that family's life. top telling drugs, nexium, abilify, and crestor.
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drugs in this country, a $310 billion industry. we're talking about mega money. >> by the way, a lot of those brought on by stress. oh, sure. the first one for heartburn, the one for bipolar, and even cholesterol. we run a ragged life. >> we need to learn to chill out more. just read that. i'm going to chill. still to come, the muscle bound men who hang out with hollywood stars. why even b-listers need bodyguards these days. >> i'm just chilling. keep on reading. nice work. >> thank you very much. you're watching "world news now." "world
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hollywood stars live in the spotlight. very few places are off-limits for friends and paparazzi, and that makes safety a big concern
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for them. >> so bodyguards of course are big business in tinseltown. abc's clayton sandell finds out what it's all about. >> reporter: celebrities and their body guards. from lindsay lohan to justin bieber to rihanna in london. that's where kent moyer and his group of 200 agents come in. personal protection is a huge business. demand is going up? >> yes, absolutely. >> reporter: why? >> we're in a dangerous time and i think people are a little more concerned about the security. >> reporter: that protection does not come cheap. >> it could be from $250 to $1.5 million a year, depending on the individual client. >> reporter: the danger is so real, the lapd created a unit to handle stalkers making threats against stars like britney spears, paula abdul and jennifer
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garner. >> reporter: he teaches secret service style tactics and celebrity protection. they learn to deal with stalkers, crowd control and how to make a quick escape. >> let's go! move, move, move. >> reporter: occasionally, celebrities get very close to their bodyguards. the relationship turns hot and heavy. heidi klum admitted sparking a romance with her bodyguard. >> he's been with our family for four years. he's cared for our entire family, mostly for our four children. >> reporter: tv cameras caught kim kardashian and her former bodyguard in a lip lock. sometimes the relationship goes bad. justin bieber is being sued by a former bodyguard. britney, too. that case was settled. as a status symbol, a bodyguard says you're arrived. clayton sandell in los angeles.
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it penetrates deep within your carpet, removing 3 times more dirt than vacuuming alone. leaving the busiest areas of your carpets, truly fresh and clean. the resolve easy clean system. don't just vacuum clean. resolve clean. welcome back, everybody. time for "the mix." we have an interesting "mix." and it starts with a great story. there's apparently atms that have been set up around the world in several different countries and cities around the world. all you have to do is go up to the atm and there's a simple message on the screen. it says get 100 euros or the equivalent of $130 without a card. it says you can get $131 but there's a catch, you have to share it. so it will respond.
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if you say do you want the money, you say yes, but only if you agree to share it. it says do you need any suggestions where you want to give your money to? you can hire a store retailer for the kids in your neighborhood, buy diapers for a pregnant woman. then the atm gives you the cash, free money. no obligation to actually do what you just agreed to do. but the good news is that there are people who actually went out and did it. the majority of the people who grabbed the money from the atm shared it with their fellow man. so there are good people in the world. >> this is in america or overseas? >> it's overseas. it hasn't happened in america yet. let's see if americans are as kind. free money goes right into the pocket. >> there are angels everywhere. this is a cool story, too. there's this guy, a dutch entrepreneur who loves turning exotic, unusual places into hotels. he's done it with prisons, boats
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and now a plane. take a look at this. this plane, which used to belong to some leaders in -- east german leaders, has a jacuzzi, a sauna, a bar, a luxury kitchen, a flat screen tv. he's invested in this thing. fits two or three very comfortably. this plane has been converted into a high-end hotel. kind of cool. >> i can dig that. if you were watching the academy awards yesterday, you saw one of the biggest moments of the night is when the first lady went on there and she was the one that announced best picture of the night. so we saw that she was wearing this dress, a beautiful dress. it was metallic and spaghetti strap and gorgeous. well, fast forward a day and the iranian national news agency posted this picture, and it's
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kind of tiny, but all of a sudden she grew sleeves and a higher neckline. now apparently it was edited better so it complies with the islamic dress code for women. >> different cultures doing it a little differently.
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this morning on "world news now," relentless storm. the late february winter blitz that's blasting a huge area and dumping record snowfall on texas. >> the deadly consequences and the storm's impact on travelers far and wide. it is tuesday, february 26th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm diana perez. some areas are getting a foot and a half of snow, and powerful winds.
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accuweather is tracking all of it. it just seems like every time we come on here, we're talking about another blizzard. >> those folks in the midwest have had a rough, rough last couple of weeks. one storm on top of another on top of another. so it's been rough. >> i have to say one of my brothers lives out in missouri. and he -- a couple of years ago when we were getting lambasted by snow, he was out there going ha, ha. >> so you're saying it's karma for your kinfolk in missouri. >> i would hate to put all of that on you guys in missouri, but i'm just saying. you can blame derek perez, that's all i'm saying. also this morning, one man's anger with airline personnel recorded on security video for all of us to enjoy. see what happens when he misses a flight and hear about his tantrum and his very necessary apology. >> we have all wanted to strangle an airline employee at one point or another, if you travel enough. i'm not saying do it, i'm not
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saying go nuts like this dude -- but we've all had a moment where you know what? oh, wow, he got into it. this is the smallest bag of peanuts i've ever seen! >> you know you're angry when you are throwing pieces of paper at a glass wall. >> take it easy. take it easy. later this half hour, enjoying scouting without being part of the traditional boy scouts or girl scouts. who is joining an alternative scouting troop and why? >> we don't want to give it away. it's a cute one. big news for michael jackson's immediate family. always big news from the jackson family. his teenage son is making another important move. and just wait until you hear what it's all about his sister just did. that's all coming up in "the skinny." >> we just had a guy on "entertainment tonight" doing his thing. jacksons are doing a lot of stuff. plus interesting news about janet coming out. so all kinds of jackson dirt this morning. so stick around. but first that blizzard. by the end of the day, the
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chicago and detroit areas are going to get some snow from all of it. thankfully for travelers stranded in denver's airport, things are finally getting back to normal. >> dozens of flights at major mid western airports today have already been canceled. watches and warnings are posted in 19 states from oklahoma to maine. abc's meteorologist ginger zee begins our coverage. >> reporter: it's a textbook blizzard. smothering texas, oklahoma, kansas and missouri. look at this time lapse video. amarillo, disappearing in snow. >> see what it's like so far. here we go. >> reporter: amarillo had more than a foot and a half of snow, blown by gusts of up to 77 miles per hour. huge three to five-foot drifts covering roads and highways. schools and businesses were shut down. texas has called in the national guard to rescue people stranded on the roads.
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winds were whipping in south texas, too. brush fires sent flames into a home near san antonio, killing three people. in oklahoma, families trapped in their cars. like bill thompson, his wife, daughter and two granddaughters stranded on highway 83. they called for help. >> i don't know how many days or hours we're going to be here, because they can't get to us. >> reporter: they were trapped for 3 1/2 anxious hours. back in kansas, which has barely recovered from last week's snow, is now getting it again. if you're looking for any snow on the east coast, a whole lot of you not going to get it. it will stay mostly rain. ginger zee, abc news, kansas. >> ginger loves her job. and she would have to. >> if you have to be out there as often as she does, god bless your soul. >> this late february winter blast is also hitting the pacific northwest this morning. >> winter storm warnings are up in the mountains outside of seattle where crews are doing what they can to prevent avalanches from burying the roads.
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our storm coverage continues with meteorologist jim dicky at accuweather. good morning, jim. >> good morning rob and diana. dealing with a wintery mess this morning in the midwest. the blizzard conditions winding down, snow ending across the plains. heavy snow right now into kansas city, extending towards chicago. by the time all is said and done, 3 to 6 inches in the chicago area. most of this has already fallen and snow ends through here in the morning in kansas city. likely over a foot. then this snow extends into the northeast into wednesday. rob and diana, back to you. >> jim dickey at accuweather, thank you. those fierce winds in texas led to a deadly fire near san antonio. a mother and her infant twins died when flames engulfed their home. investigators say that the fire started in one home, spread to two others, then jumped across the street and burned two more homes to the ground. president obama heads to virginia today where he'll outline the impact of the looming budget cuts. yesterday, the president met with the nation's governors
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asking them to pressure congress to do something. but louisiana governor bobby jindal is among top republicans accusing the president of trying to scare americans. he said instead it's time for mr. obama to show leadership. >> congress should not allow these arbitrary, sequester cuts to go through and hurt our economy, slow our recovery. there's got to be a better way. >> now is the time to cut spending. it can be done without jeopardizing the economy and critical services. >> south carolina governor nikki haley took aim at democrats and republicans saying "no one should be playing golf, no one should be taking vacations until the issue is resolved." i think probably the whole country agrees with that. let's get something done here. because again, we've seen this. we had the fiscal cliff thing at the end of the year. another issue come may with the debt ceiling. and the republicans are saying mr. president, all you're doing is scaring people.
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it's not going to be as bad as it seems. so is this really going to happen and be that deeply impactful or is it more political showmanship? >> and speaking of showmanship, bobby jindal said this is a lack of leadership. not only are you scaring them, but you need to stop campaigning, according to bobby jindal. he was saying this just a couple feet away from the oval office. and while he was saying that in the briefing room only 50 feet away, homeland security secretary janet napolitano was saying if these things actually happen, america will be less secure. it's the theater of politics and we are here to watch it and unfortunately have to deal with it. >> march 1 is friday. so we're just days away here. so i think the country as a whole is tired of the gridlock. this is going to be a crescendo point. everyone just shut up, get in a room, lock the door and don't come out until you get the big deal done. chances are very unlikely. i think the frustration level is high. but from classrooms to hospitals to airports --
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>> every aspect of our lives. >> could potentially be impacted. >> that's the key word, potentially. overseas now, and major new developments in efforts to end the civil war in syria. the government now says it's prepared to negotiate with the rebels. but it's unclear whether the rebels would have to lay down their weapons before talks can begin. that's a key sticking point in the past. this morning, "the new york times" is reporting that saudi arabia has been secretly funneling weapons to the rebels allowing them to make gains against president assad. the inconclusive outcome of italy's national elections is causing political gridlock and shaking up some financial markets. with nearly all the results in, there is still no clear winner this morning. italy's center left coalition was holding a slim lead over former prime minister silvio berlusconi. more than a year after the debt crisis in that country forced him out of office. and that election deadlock sent asian markets tumbling this morning. there are worries europe's debt
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problems could destabilize the global economy. it was a similar scene unfortunately on wall street. the dow opened for the day after a 200 point plunge. that's the biggest drop in more than three months. martha stewart is expected to testify in a trial today. pitting some of the retail world's most powerful retail players. the case revolves around a deal martha stewart signed with jcpenney to sell her goods there. macy is suing both, claiming that deal violates the agreement that macy's had with stewart to be stewart's exclusive seller. first off, we want to say this, if you enjoy ikea meatball in the u.s., they're just fine. but not the case in 21 european countries where ikea meatballs have been pulled from the shelves because they may contain horse meat. have been pulled now that horse meat has been found in frozen foods where they were supposed
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to contain beef or pork, not horse meat. >> that story is hard to -- i'm not laughing. >> we're not laughing at the horse meat. we're just laughing at the horse meat. >> i didn't know ikea sold meatballs. i just thought they sold furniture. >> the top floor, they have a cafeteria. you have to have swedish meatballs. they're actually delicious. >> you learn something every day. i had no idea. got to get to ikea. all right. here is the guy so many of us have wanted to be when things don't go right at the airport. this all happened in china. just keep an eye on the guy at the check-in desk. he actually is a high level government official, by the way. >> after he and his family missed their flight twice, he goes simply bananas. he takes out his frustration on the computer. he tries to break through the
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door with a sign, a paper sign at that by the way. >> this dude is pretty irritated. not a good day. he has since issued an apology, calling his actions irrational and rude. why did he say that? and he said he will pay for the damages that he caused. come on, we've all had a moment like that at the airport, the grocery store, in traffic. we all have a breaking point, and he clearly hit his. >> i just want to share this with everybody, because this is important information. we've all had breaking points and we've all been there mentally. we've never -- well, maybe somebody has. you've never done that. >> thought about it. >> thought about it in our brain, in our mind, never went that far. but this is what you need to know about this guy. here are the reasons he missed those two flights. the first one is the family was having a long breakfast. hold on, there's more. so they were rebooked into a second flight and they missed that one because they didn't hear the boarding call. >> so it's kind of his fault. that changes the whole story.
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>> a little bit. just a little bit. >> go to ikea and get some meatballs and chill out. relax. coming up, major career and personal development involving michael jackson's immediate family. and dietary research that surprised even the most experienced doctors. the foods that are best for those keeping heart healthy. you're watching "world news now." "world news now" weather brought to you by lunesta. ingg have given way to sleeping. where sleepless nights yield to restful sleep. and lunesta®(eszopiclone) can help you get there. like it has for so many people before. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving, or engaging in other activities while asleep, without remembering it the next day, have been reported. lunesta should not be taken together with alcohol. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations, or confusion. in depressed patients, worsening of depression,
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a new study shows that a diet rich in olive oil, fish, nuts, and even wine can cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes. >> thank god for wine. what was the most amazing thing is researchers ended it early because the results were that clear. more now from abc's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: serving up a diet that's not only delicious -- >> perfect. >> reporter: but could be life saving. a new study published in "the new england journal of medicine" shows that eating a mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke and other heart related deaths by 30%. the study followed nearly 7,500 people in spain, all considered high risk for cardiovascular problems. half were told to eat a low fat diet. the other half followed a mediterranean diet, rich in nuts, extra virgin olive oil, fruits and vegetables. it was even remitted that those who drink alcohol consume seven glasses of wine a week. not everyone agrees with the
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findings. doctors point out that olive oil and nuts are only good in moderation, since both can be fattening, portion control is key. the subjects in the study did not lose weight but found benefits nonetheless. with diners saying this is a diet they could easily follow -- >> i guess because it's delicious, i love it. and i would love to be eating healthy food, why not? >> reporter: many doctors believe the mediterranean diet mixed with moderate exercise could create the perfect recipe for a healthy heart. marci gonzalez, abc news, new york. >> all right. go get those nuts. "the skinny" is next. "world n
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♪ skinny, so skinny time now for "the skinny." we have a half of jackson family edition "skinny" for you today. >> i miss willis. he's no longer with us. he didn't die. he's with us. but he's off the show. willis is here, but missed "the skinny." we're thinking about you big man. he'll be back. >> michael jackson's son has -- is going to make an acting debut. so we heard he's now a correspondent for "entertainment tonight."
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now he's also an actor apparently. so he's making his debut on "90210." it's a teen drama on cw. it's the finale. he's going to play a trauma victim named cooper who connects with the main character named silver. so cool. >> he's a member of the jackson family. i don't think he has to act his way through being a trauma victim. he's been through a lot. >> yes, yes. well put. >> speaking of the jackson family, guess who is married? another one of my ex-girlfriends. janet jackson confirmed to "e.t." -- >> "entertainment tonight," isn't that where her little brother works? >> you're so skeptical about tv people. this dude is a billionaire businessman. they confirmed the marriage only to "e.t." they say the rumors regarding an extravagant wedding are not true. last year, we were married in a quiet, private ceremony.
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last year, so they've been keeping this on the dl for a while. this is the second time she's gotten married quietly. they were married for years and she did it again. so congratulations. looking good as always, miss jackson. moving on now to somebody that we have talked a lot about, tiger woods. he has been spotted with his ex. this is going to happen in the world of people who have exes, obviously. but this is interesting because of the way they broke up and because he's tiger woods. anyway, they were spotted in jupiter, florida at a youth sports organization. so they were there for the kids. which is nice. tiger arrived first with his son and daughter, and she arrived about an hour later. they chatted for half an hour and they both left in her car. >> so for the good of the kid, mom and dad get together. just because the marriage is over, you're still mom and dad. so great to see that. so good for them. also congrats to the folks who produced the oscars. they did well.
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the telecast sunday night was seen by 40.3 million people, a slight increase over last year's show. the most watched oscars telecast in three years. so congrats to them. did well. i think because there was genuine suspense, which was good. >> it's just one more person that watches our show. >> and watch "gma" today because they're going to talk about the new lineup for "dancing with the stars." or "dancing with the stars." they're going to talk about the new lineup for "dancing with the stars."
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the "world news now" inbox is officially wide open. so logon to our facebook page at wnnfans.com and post your questions for us. >> make sure you post it under the in box logo and we'll answer a few on the air tomorrow. we've got a lot of questions so far. >> ask us anything. >> yeah, bring it on. >> we're an open book. >> be careful what you ask for. >> we're going to only answer the really good ones. >> there we go. for months, the boy scouts of america has been debating whether to allow gay members into its ranks. >> there's been no decision, but a scott troop in oregon has taken matters into its own hands. >> reporter: you only need to tell a 7th grader one reason to ditch the boy scouts and instead join the new alternative, the cascadia scouts. >> boy scouts don't get the good knives. they get the ones that are boy scout moves. >> reporter: he gets a leatherman, his favorite part of the new look for the group he and his dad helped create.
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you're the only one here wearing the new uniform. >> yes. i wasn't too big on tucking my shirt in, though. >> reporter: maybe the shirt isn't so portland, but the idea behind it is. what's wrong with the regular boy scouts? >> i just think because they're kind of restrictive. there's a lot of things you can't do there. >> reporter: but here you can. boys and girl go camping and take outdoor trips together. nobody cares whether you're gay or not religious, and at least a few dozen families like that approach. his dad, travis, helped come up with the plan to put a progressive portland spin on a very old institution. >> we wanted to create something that was a little bit more along our family philosophy, our kind of a portlandy version of what scouting would be. >> reporter: boy scouts in portland. everything takes a little different spin when you try to portlandize it. he's just got to talk to his son about the whole shirt thing. >> he's taking a good stance there. i want to do my open thing and
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so branch out into your own organization. more power to him. >> and cute outfits. >> that is the news for this half hour. don't miss our updates on facebook at wnnfans.com. don't miss
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this morning on "world news now," three days until the federal budget is forced to cut $85 billion. the president hits the road today with more dire warnings. >> as political criticism ramps up, the clock is ticking down with budget cuts that truly hit home this friday. it's tuesday, february 26th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good tuesday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm diana perez. we'll get to the political showdown over the budget in our top story.
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then the couple who disappeared during their dream vacation in south america. investigators in one country have new clues while family members in california express their deepest concerns. also, it's hard to believe, but it was 20 years ago today the first terrorist attack on new york's world trade center. the truck bomb, its toll and the unforgettable accounts from our abc news vault. >> it's one of those things you watch and never expected it was just going to get worse. >> and that kind of was, for lack of a better phrase, the appetizer to what happened years later during 9/11. and honesty does pay off, especially for a homeless man who returned an engagement ring that ended up in his cup by mistake. wait till you hear about his amazing reward in our favorite story of the day. >> and we're talking about a small rock here. we're talking about a very pricey piece of bling. >> this was not something that
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he was going to walk away with unnoticed. >> but he did a good thing and getting good in return. which is always good to see. before all that, we begin with breaking news this morning from egypt, where at least 19 tourists have been killed in a hot air balloon crash. >> it happened near the city of luxor. 320 miles from cairo. the tourists were french and british citizens. an official says there was an explosion and then the balloon crashed into sugar cane fields. we'll continue to follow this breaking story throughout the morning and bring you more information as it becomes available. in our other top story, the president will be in virginia today outlining deep budget cuts in defense. >> he's already made his point to the nation's governors about the budget. but top republicans accuse him of scare tactics. abc's karen travers reports from washington. >> reporter: congress has a major deadline looming on friday. and president obama said it's time to put politics aside. >> at some point we've got to do some governing. >> reporter: if lawmakers don't come up with an alternative plan, $85 billion in automatic
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budget cuts will go into effect. the president asked governors to put pressure on their state representatives in washington. >> congress should not allow these arbitrary sequester cuts to go through and hurt our economy, slow our recovery. there's got to be a better way. >> now is the time to cut spending. it can be done without jeopardizing the economy and jeopardizing critical services. >> reporter: lawmakers can't seem to agree on much these days, except that the cuts are basically inevitable. expect the obama administration to keep up its steady drumbeat on the dire consequences. >> disruptive and destructive to our nation's security and economy. >> reporter: the white house says there will be cuts to education programs, fewer federal meat inspectors, and travel disruptions because of furloughs of airport workers. >> it's already a two-hour wait. they suggest that you arrive at the airport two hours early. what's it going to be now, three hours early? >> reporter: house republicans blasted president obama for not leading the way to a compromise.
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they say he's more focused on rallying the public than sitting down with lawmakers. rob and diana, back to you. >> our thanks to karen. chuck hagel may be confirmed today as secretary of defense, but his predecessor, leon panetta, will not be on capitol hill for the vote. anxious to retire, panetta will watch hagel's proceedings on tv from the comfort of his own home in california. the senate finance committee is expected to approve the nomination of jack lew as secretary of the treasury. a confirmation vote from the full senate expected tomorrow. he replaces timothy geithner. the nation's most famous surgeon general has passed away. c. everett koop was appointed by president reagan in 1981 and instrumental in changing america's views on smoking, trying to get the country to kick the habit by the year 2000. he also endorsed condoms and sex education in an effort to stop the spread of aids.
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he died at his home in new hampshire. dr. koop was 96 years old. pope benedict has just days left as the leader of the roman catholic church and their scandal as a transition begins towards a new pope. abc's david wright reports from the vatican. >> reporter: britain's cardinal keith o'brian will not attend the conclave because his presence would be a distraction. this weekend, a british newspaper reported that four scottish priests claim o'brian made unwanted sexual advances on them in the '80s. allegations o'brian denies. it's the latest of several scandals to threaten the dignity of this ancient process. other voting cardinals are known to have covered up for pedophile priests. l.a.'s roger mahoney for one, president obama's former ambassador to the holy sea suggested mahoney consider bowing out too. >> he has to decide for himself in terms of what is in the best interest of the church. >> reporter: then there's the
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italian papers. full of reports of a dossier prepared for the pope's eyes only. supposedly detailing a sex and blackmail scandal inside the vatican. this is beginning to sound like a dan brown novel. >> well, the catholic church doesn't do dull. >> reporter: turns out a dossier does exist. the findings of an internal investigation into last year's scandal. but only the pope knows what it's in it. benedict met privately with the three elderly investigators. the italian press calls them the 007 cardinals. >> the cardinals that did the investigation in the corruption inside the vatican are known to know everything. so if they say i don't think this candidate is the best idea at this point, that will be taken very seriously. >> reporter: the pope issued new rules that could fast track this election but ultimately the timing will be up to the cardinal. david wright, abc news, rome. >> there's not a whole lot of time that we're talking here. we've got to get the conclave
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going and got to get people going so that -- we've got to get a new pope in time for the most sacred days that are headed our way in the catholic church. >> the easter holiday and all that. it's interesting too. with the resignation and then with the secret report, i know people get wrapped up in the ceremony and where the church is going to go. but let's never forget these folks are still very human. there's definitely politics behind the scenes. just because you have this title or that title, you're still fallible and politics and human weakness plays a role into everything, including the church. you're seeing that play out. not just with the sexual abuse case but how this pope thing is evolving, as well. so interesting. >> and just as a side note. abc news is going to have live coverage of the pope's resignation thursday morning. so you want to tune in for that. >> big, big day. we'll wait for that white smoke after that. after more than a century, the u.s. census bureau decided
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to drop the word "negro" on forms and surveys. starting next year, it will no longer appear as an option for race alongside black or african-american. the agency says that many americans view the word as offensive and outdated. a couple from the san francisco bay area who vanished last month during a biking trip in peru may now be in ecuador. police say garrett hand and his girlfriend, jamie neil, boarded a boat to amazon in ecuador. the couple had had been posting pictures on facebook and speaking with friends and family on skype, but all contact abruptly stopped january 25th. >> just hanging in there. you know, you don't know what you don't know. and so we're by faith holding on that they're okay. >> the bike tour was supposed to last six months. relatives say they became concerned when the u.s. embassy posted a warning to u.s. citizens about kidnappings. >> there's plenty of cleaning up in parts of texas and oklahoma
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after record snowfall in those states. the snow was blown around by hurricane force winds across the region yesterday. 20 inches of snow fell on lubbock and amarillo. at least two deaths are being blamed on the storm. in austin, texas, cameras were rolling as the wall of a three-story building crumbled to the ground. crews said the strong winds played a roll in that destruction. no one was hurt and they have no idea when the building will be opened again. now moving on to today's forecast. that storm system moves into the midwest bringing snow to chicago and detroit by tonight. rain in the northeast later on in the day. some icing across appalachia. snow in the rockies. showers in the northwest and warming up in the southwest. >> seasonal temperatures in the upper midwest and northeast. miami, 85 degrees. burrr. and honolulu sitting pretty at 81. >> oh, man. lucky them. >> so jealous. a homeless man down on his luck for years is getting a great new start in life just for
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being honest. >> that's why this is our favorite story of the day. kansas city panhandler billy ray harris found a pricey ring in his donation cup. turns out sarah darling had dumped her entire coin purse into the cup, forgetting that her engagement ring was also in that purse. when she went back to ray to see if he had it, he immediately returned the ring. there are good people in the world. >> as a thank you, darling's fiance set up a website seeking donations for ray, and so far, get this, total strangers have donated more than $140,000. see, good deeds sometimes do get rewarded. he found a $100,000 ring and didn't run off to the pawnshop. or try to sell it or whatever, gave it right back. and now has gotten more than the ring is worth. there's a lesson in that. >> god smiles on people like that. >> i believe it. >> good for you. good for everybody involved. i can't even imagine losing an engagement ring. >> hopefully he'll use that money to get back on his feet. coming up next, exposing x
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>> turns out many tourists visiting the philippines are looking for a lot more than just some r&r. abc's alex marquardt reports. >> reporter: we traveled to the picturesque subic bay in the western philippines. a hot spot for sex tourism. the american ambassador recently estimated that 40% of american men come here for sex. to investigate the reports of rampant underage prostitution, producer alex waterfield and i go undercover with hidden cameras. we've been told about this man, arthur benjamin, a 49-year-old texan who's lived here for 25 years. he's suspected of pimping out underage girls from his bar. over coffee, he tells us how he met his 16-year-old girlfriend. >> she needed somebody to take care of her. come here. you know what i want. >> reporter: and how, with the help of his bar manager, lucy, underage girls have worked in his bar. one of them is 16-year-old
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princess, who has given us permission to show her face. little did benjamin know, filipino and american authorities were planning a raid on his bar. that's it. >> get out, go! >> reporter: benjamin is stunned. that's when we reveal ourselves to him. we're with abc news. you told us that you have had underage sex with multiple girls. and that underage girls have worked in this bar. >> i've never had underage girls here and i do not have sex with underage girls. >> reporter: then we tell him we have it on hidden camera. does that change anything of what you just told me? >> nope, not at all. >> reporter: he was arrested. he's in jail awaiting charges. activists say authorities aren't doing enough, but every arrest is a blow against this dark world. alex marquardt, abc news, subic bay in the philippines. >> that is an uphill battle. >> they simply say there's not much being done because there's not money to fight it. i don't think anyone is shocked that there is an extremely active and depressing sex industry trade overseas, where
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anything goes that would never fly over here legally. but certainly that guy, i mean, when you're busted, you're kind of busted. so 16, i think i saw braces. these are young girls who get wrapped up in that world, primarily for money to support the family. it's very sad that obviously they're being that exploited. >> another problem is you're never going to be able to stop something where these girls are willingly introducing themselves into it. these girls need the money. they're not going to stop doing it. if it means a little extra bit of cash for their cash-strapped families. >> it's survival. that's how they see it. >> right. coming up, remembering something eerie and unforgettable 20 years ago. >> the first attack on new york's world trade center, next from the abc news vault. "world news now"
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it was 20 years ago today that a truck bomb ripped through new york's world trade center, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000. >> the event was an eerie precursor to the 9/11 attack. and now, from our abc news vault, our coverage from february 26th, 1993. >> from abc, this is "world news tonight with peter jennings." good evening. here in new york tonight, authority are trying to determine what caused the explosion at the world trade center and investigators are looking into the possibility, and it is only a possibility, that it was a bomb. the scene earlier, more than 100,000 people either working in the building or visiting it on any given day, having to grope their way down and out. at least five people were killed and nearly 500 injured. our first full report is from
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abc's mort dean. >> reporter: the underground explosion was so powerful, it rocked even the top floors of one of the twin towers. >> it was a huge explosion that rocked the building. >> reporter: down darkened stairwells choked with soot and smoke, thousands groped their way to safety. it was a frightening and exhausting experience. >> as we went down, the smoke got thicker and thicker in the stairways. >> reporter: those that feared they would not make it down, instead escaped to the top, 110 stories above lower manhattan. some of them were evacuated by helicopter. many were trapped in elevators or in their offices. and some punched holes through the buildings's glass to gulp fresh air or wave sos signals. the glass beads hit the street like deadly hail. the roof of a commuter train station under the building collapsed.
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the explosion occurred underground, apparently in a multistoried parking garage. we are one floor below street level in what was a parking garage. this is an example of the tremendous force of the explosion. cars just ripped apart. three floors of this garage have collapsed, one on top of the other. federal officials have been called in to investigate the possibility that it was a bomb that caused the explosion. morton dean, abc news, new york. >> amazing how much of that is reminiscent of 9/11. >> you see that video and you can't help but think how didn't we have more safety precautions. how is it that escaping from the building wasn't something that was made a priority so that if it ever did happen, again, and it did happen, again, there would be less loss of life or no loss of life. instead we saw what happened. >> people point to that and say that was the smoke signal that
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we should have been better prepared for what came years later. the ringleader of that attack is serving a life sentence, plus 240 years behind bars. and he was actually at the time was funded by his uncle khalid sheikh muhammad, he's the al qaeda member accused of being one of the 9/11 ringleaders. >> it all ties into each other. >> still chilling. we'll be back. other. >> still chilling. we'll be back. like it has for so many people before. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving, or engaging in other activities while asleep, without remembering it the next day, have been reported. lunesta should not be taken together with alcohol. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations, or confusion. in depressed patients, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide, may occur. alcohol may increase these risks. allergic reactions such as tongue or throat swelling occur rarely and may be fatal. side effects may include unpleasant taste,
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some of the best moments of sunday night's oscars came after the award show. >> i love this. like this slightly bizarre but completely endearing exchange between best actress jennifer lawrence and jack nicholson during an interview with george stephanopoulos. >> it was just shocking. that's the first time i ever
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felt like actual shock. >> you've got a fan here. >> but then came jack nicholson. and he kept going. >> nuclear. loved all your movies. >> such a beautiful outfit. >> thank you. >> and he comes back with those trademark shades. >> is he still here? >> i'll be waiting. >> sorry. that was jack nicholson. >> i noticed that. >> that was awesome. not only because that was vintage jack nicholson, but the way she responded. >> the fact that she was so human like, oh, my god, that was jack nicholson. that's the way you and i would react. she's a movie star. >> watching stars get starstruck is cool. >> everyone had an opinion on their favorite oscar moment. we asked you what yours were and here are your responses. lots of people named ben affleck's speech as a great moment. ruth said, he said his acceptance speech so fast he was afraid they were going to take it away.
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>> i think he was nervous a little bit. >> another favorite moment, barbra streisand, singing "memories." she's a legend in her own right, not only in the music industry but also the big screen. >> the host got high marks from "world news now" nation. angela said seth macfarlane was one of the best hosts that made me stay up and watch the entire show. and of course, robin roberts on the red carpet. >> robin did look great. i thought seth -- every host gets grilled. no one is going to make everyone happy. but i thought it was decent. it was good. >> i think he's getting grilled by everybody because it was a good balance. he gave us a little bit of ricky gervais, which is what everybody wanted. then he gave us a little bit of billy crystal. >> the song and dance. >> he did a little bit of everything. >> i don't think anybody knew he was that multitalented. so it was good. >> i wanted voices. that's what i wanted. >> his impersonations? >> we got nothing. >> not a bad show. ratings were up. that's the bottom line. >> that's all that matters.
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>> congrats to all the winners. >> absolutely. ners. >> absolutely.
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this morning on "world news now," february's fury. the late winter blast with blizzard-like conditions, powerful winds and deadly force. >> the record snowfall expected in texas as highways shut down and force snowplow drivers off duty. it's tuesday, february 26th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good tuesday morning,
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everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> welcome back. >> thank you. good to be back after -- i had my best over the weekend, some stomach issues. but i'm back to my regular self. >> regular oversharing self. and i'm diana perez. after slamming texas, that snowstorm is blowing towards chicago this morning and accuweather has our update on everything that's happening out there. also this morning, the mystery off of california's coast. the coast guard is looking for an entire family who radioed a distress call saying they were forced off of their sailboat into the ocean. then to new orleans where bp is on trial for the historic oil spill and rig explosion nearly three years ago. what's at stake for the oil giant as protesters show up at court. a huge, huge case down there, billions of dollars. >> it's about time it hit the courtrooms. later on this half hour, saving a bundle on prescriptions. the best places to buy your medicine and how you can even negotiate, yes, we said negotiate for a better deal. this is information that a lot of people are going to want to hear. >> it's surprising how many
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things are negotiable. prescriptions, call the cell phone company. i'm leaving you. oh, we have this new deal, mr. nelson. it's 40% off. >> please come back. that's all it is these days. >> just don't leave me, baby. that blizzard roaring across the middle of the country, the storm's intensity is caught by this 15-hour time lapse video from amarillo, texas. that town took a direct hit, getting 19 inches of snow and hurricane-force winds. >> watches and warnings are posted in 19 states from oklahoma to maine. and our coverage begins with the dangerous conditions. >> reporter: the punishing blizzard packed hurricane-force winds, piled up drifts three to five feet and trapped drivers inside their cold cars from eastern texas into oklahoma. the epic blizzard even blind sided snowplow drivers.
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>> the wind just blowing that snow back and forth makes it twice as hard as just trying to drive through it. >> reporter: only the most daring went outside, like this man in amarillo, texas. >> going to see what it's like so far. >> reporter: the whiteout is causing accidents and sending road crews into hyper drive. and it isn't over yet by a long shot. wednesday, the storm roars further into the northeast, dumping more snow and ice in places like new hampshire, which already has a foot of snow on the ground. >> this is crazy. i don't like the winter. >> reporter: others do, like this colorado man who couldn't wait to put on his snowshoes. >> been waiting for this all year. >> reporter: he's not the only one taking advantage of the snow. meet eden grace, she's only 23 months old and already showing off her impressive snowboarding skills. >> we wake up at 5:30 and get her out of bed. as soon as we mention snow, she's all excited about it and knows that she's going to the mountains. >> snow is fun if you don't have to go out in it, work in it, drive in it.
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if you're just skiing, have at it. >> just stay off the roads. the storm is moving on, but losing intensity as it blows into the northeast. >> our coverage continues at accuweather where meteorologist jim dickey is standing by with more. good morning, jim. >> good morning. still tracking our snowstorm here. also putting down substantial rainfall into the lower mississippi valley. not going to see the blizzard conditions we saw in the plains on monday. all the same, significant snowfall continuing, especially kansas city here through the morning. certainly some blinding snow out there, substantial accumulations by the time this comes to an end. most of this has already fallen, but kansas city likely over a foot by the time the snow ends into the afternoon, with 3 to 6 inches into chicago and tracking forward, snow moves towards the
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northeast, looking for 3 to 6 inches in syracuse and detroit. rob and diana, back to you. >> jim dicky at accuweather, thank you. searchers are working off the coast of california looking for a missing family. the coast guard says a husband, wife and two young children sent a series of distress calls sunday afternoon saying their boat was taking on water and the electronics were failing. and then they sent another message that they were abandoning their 29-foot boat. >> they had a cooler and a life ring on board and they were trying to make that into a life raft. we don't know if they were able to successfully do that. >> water temperatures off the coast of monterey are typically in the 40s and 50s, making long-term survival nearly impossible. prosecutors in italy asked that manslaughter charges be
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brought against the captain of the "costa concordia" cruise ship. he was at the helm when the ship slammed against the reef and capsized two years ago. 32 people, including two americans, died. lawyers for the captain say their client looks forward to defending himself against false accusations. bp is being accused of putting profits before people and safety as it faces off with federal and state prosecutors in new orleans. on day one of its high-stakes trial, the oil giant acknowledges making mistakes, but bp representatives denied any gross negligence in the gulf oil pill from nearly three years ago occurred. bp could be forced to pay billions of dollars more in damages. >> certainly i was working actively during the entire spill, saw a lot of dead and dying birds, a lot of destruction of habitat. this is a living disaster. >> bp says the owner of the drilling rig and the contractor involved in cementing the well are also to blame. a possible settlement calling for $16 billion from bp is still being considered. >> that's a ton of money there. obviously, this first phase of the trial is expected to last
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about three months and that will determine was there gross negligence by the company. obviously $16 billion would be a huge amount, but miles to go before that kind of money is on the table. >> just going back, if we remember, this cost 11 workers their lives, and there were 172 million gallons of crude oil dumped into the gulf. >> the most famous thing of that incident was that underwater video where it kept gushing for weeks and there was some misrepresentation how much oil was spilled. i lived in new orleans during that time right before i came here. so it was a huge mess. hopefully the court will take some action. in other news this morning, federal investigators are looking into safety problems in 750,000 cars sold by ford. investigators are looking into stalling or surging engines in the ford fusion and escape, and mariner.
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725,000 cars from the 2009 through 2011 model years are involved in this. the investigation follows 1500 complaints and could lead to a recall. the nation's top pediatrician questions punishment for schoolchildren. in a study just released this morning, the journal says disciplinary actions such as suspensions and expulsions are are counterproductive. researchers say students who face such punishments are ten times more likely to drop out of school, leading to even more behavior problems. pediatricians are urged to start screening for behavior issues earlier and then to intervene. >> what some school districts will do, if you get suspended, they'll set up special schools for those kids to go to. they set up special campuses for kids with behavior problems. but then some people argue, you put those kids together and they feed off of each other and that doesn't necessarily solve the problem. but what's better, that or saying get out and they drop out eventually? so i don't know what the right
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answer is. >> i think what the pediatrician is trying to say is keep them be more inclusive. keep them with you, teach them that was wrong and move on from there as opposed to kicking them out, whether it's out of school completely or these -- >> alternative campuses. >> that's also not such a good idea. how would you like to arrive home and see these three digging in? these three as in a mother bear and her two cubs. >> they were caught on camera with their hands in the proverbial cookie jar. actually their paws in the pail that was knocked down, by the way. the late-night snack took place near pasadena, california. >> whoever cleaned it up better hope the bears headed back into the mountains after the meal ended. i would be in the house for days if i saw that out of my front window, that's just me. >> i've always admired people that see things like that and have the wherewithal to grab
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a little effort and smartphone could add up to major savings. abc's paula faris has more. >> reporter: kerry and andrew from lake worth, florida are living on the edge. is this something that could ruin you financially? >> absolutely. we're worried about losing our home. >> reporter: like so many american families, they need and pay for several prescriptions every month, like blood pressure medicine, and kerry has crohn's disease and gets monthly infusions and their son is on a growth hormone. then their worst nightmare. their insurance company told them they won't cover all of it. now they're facing a $20,000 bill every month. are you guys afraid right now? >> yes. >> reporter: so we brought in michelle katz. a health care advocate. tip one, check your bill like at a restaurant. believe it or not, there are codes for your drugs and often they get them wrong. we found one of those, fixed it and immediately saved them $1,200. tip two, arm yourself with this
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app called low rx. here's why. did you know drug prices fluctuate like gas prices? different pharmacies can charge different prices for the same drug. the app tells you the average price for your drugs and arms you with the address and phone number of every pharmacy in your area. we found one of her drugs $100 cheaper at costco. tip three, even if you're not a member, you can still fill prescriptions at the big wholesalers. if i'm not a nonmember, i still have my prescription filled here? >> yes. >> reporter: negotiate to bring the price down. >> reporter: are you ready to negotiate? >> absolutely. >> reporter: if i bring in cash, is there more bargaining power? when we comes back, a deal. >> $12. >> reporter: because she paid cash, she saved $18. it went from $30 to $12. >> correct.
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>> reporter: and tip five, you can go directly to the big drug companies. she gave proof of the family's finances, saying they may have to stop buying their drugs altogether. together. what was going to cost them $17,000 a month will now cost them $411. i see a tear. >> that's a big burden. >> now i'm starting to cry. >> reporter: did you think this would be possible? >> no. >> reporter: paula faris, abc news, new york. >> you know, there are families like that, that are living in the shadows. almost 50% of americans are on some kind of prescription drug and need this information. just to be able to survive. some people need drugs to live their day-to-day lives. >> you can tell a difference it made in that family's life. top telling drugs, nexium, abilify, number two for bipolar disorder and, crestor, cholesterol lowering drug, comes
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in number three. drugs in this country, a $310 billion industry. we're talking about mega money. >> by the way, a lot of those brought on by stress. oh, sure. the first one for heartburn, the one for bipolar, and even cholesterol. we run a ragged life. >> we need to learn to chill out more. just read that. i'm going to chill. still to come, the muscle bound men who hang out with hollywood stars. why even b-listers need bodyguards these days. >> i'm just chilling. keep on reading. nice work. >> thank you very much. you're watching "world news now." "world news now" continues after this from our abc
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hollywood stars live in the spotlight. very few places are off-limits for friends and paparazzi, and that makes safety a big concern
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for them. >> so bodyguards of course are big business in tinseltown. abc's clayton sandell finds out what injob is all about. >> reporter: celebrities and their body guards. from lindsay lohan to justin bieber to rihanna in london. that's where kent moyer and his group of 200 agents come in. personal protection is a huge business. demand is going up? >> yes, absolutely. >> reporter: why? >> we're in a dangerous time and i think people are a little more concerned about the security. >> reporter: that protection does not come cheap. >> it could be from $250 to $1.5 million a year, depending on the individual client. >> reporter: the danger is so real, the lapd created a unit to handle stalkers making threats against stars like britney spears, paula abdul and jennifer garner. >> reporter: he got his start
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working security at the playboy mansion. 12 years ago he founded the world protection group. >> you're looking for people that just don't fit in. >> reporter: he teaches secret service style tactics and celebrity protection. they learn to deal with stalkers, crowd control and how to make a quick escape. >> let's go! move, move, move. >> reporter: occasionally, celebrities get very close to their bodyguards. the relationship turns hot and heavy. heidi klum admitted sparking a romance with her bodyguard. >> he's been with our family for four years. he's cared for our entire family, mostly for our four children. >> reporter: tv cameras caught kim kardashian and her former bodyguard in a lip lock. sometimes the relationship goes bad. justin bieber is being sued by a former bodyguard. britney, too. that case was settled. as a status symbol, a bodyguard says you've arrived.
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share it. so it will respond. if you say do you want the money, you say yes, but only if you agree to share it. it says do you need any suggestions where you want to give your money to? the atm has several options. you can hire a store retailer for the kids in your neighborhood, buy diapers for a pregnant woman. then the atm gives you the cash, free money. no obligation to actually do what you just agreed to do. but the good news is that there are people who actually went out and did it. the majority of the people who grabbed the money from the atm shared it with their fellow man. so there are good people in the world. >> this is in america or overseas? >> it's overseas. it hasn't happened in america yet. let's see if americans are as kind. free money goes right into the pocket. >> there are angels everywhere. this is a cool story, too. there's this guy, a dutch entrepreneur who loves turning exotic, unusual places into hotels. he's done it with prisons, boats and now a plane.
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take a look at this. this plane, which used to belong to some leaders in -- east german leaders, has a jacuzzi, a sauna, a bar, a luxury kitchen, a flat screen tv. he's invested in this thing. fits two or three very comfortably. this plane has been converted into a high-end hotel. kind of cool. >> i can dig that. if you were watching the academy awards yesterday, you saw one of the biggest moments of the night is when the first lady went on there and she was the one that announced best picture of the night. so we saw that she was wearing this dress, a beautiful dress. it was metallic and spaghetti strap and gorgeous. well, fast forward a day and the iranian national news agency posted this picture, and it's kind of tiny, but all of a
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sudden she grew sleeves and a higher neckline. now apparently it was edited better so it complies with the islamic dress code for women. >> different cultures doing it a little differently.
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this morning on "world news now," relentless storm. the late february winter blitz that's blasting a huge area and dumping record snowfall on texas. >> the deadly consequences and the storm's impact on travelers far and wide. it is tuesday, february 26th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm diana perez. some areas are getting a foot
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and a half of snow, and powerful winds. accuweather is tracking all of it. it just seems like every time we come on here, we're talking about another blizzard. >> those folks in the midwest have had a rough, rough last couple of weeks. one storm on top of another on top of another. so it's been rough. >> i have to say one of my brothers lives out in missouri. and he -- a couple of years ago when we were getting lambasted by snow, he was out there going ha, ha. >> so you're saying it's karma for your kinfolk in missouri. >> i would hate to put all of that on you guys in missouri, but i'm just saying. you can blame derek perez, that's all i'm saying. also this morning, one man's anger with airline personnel recorded on security video for all of us to enjoy. see what happens when he misses a flight and hear about his tantrum and his very necessary apology. >> we have all wanted to strangle an airline employee at
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one point or another, if you travel enough. i'm not saying do it, i'm not saying go nuts like this dude -- but we've all had a moment where you know what? oh, wow, he got into it. this is the smallest bag of peanuts i've ever seen! >> you know you're angry when you are throwing pieces of paper at a glass wall. >> take it easy. take it easy. later this half hour, enjoying scouting without being part of the traditional boy scouts or girl scouts. who is joining an alternative scouting troop and why? >> we don't want to give it away. it's a cute one. big news for michael jackson's immediate family. always big news from the jackson family. his teenage son is making another important move. and just wait until you hear what it's all about his sister just did. that's all coming up in "the skinny." >> we just had a guy on "entertainment tonight" doing his thing. jacksons are doing a lot of stuff. plus interesting news about janet coming out. so all kinds of jackson dirt this morning. so stick around.
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but first that blizzard. by the end of the day, the chicago and detroit areas are going to get some snow from all of it. thankfully for travelers stranded in denver's airport, things are finally getting back to normal. >> dozens of flights at major mid western airports today have already been canceled. watches and warnings are posted in 19 states from oklahoma to maine. abc's meteorologist ginger zee begins our coverage. >> reporter: it's a textbook blizzard. smothering texas, oklahoma, kansas and missouri. look at this time lapse video. amarillo, disappearing in snow. >> see what it's like so far. here we go. >> reporter: amarillo had more than a foot and a half of snow, blown by gusts of up to 77 miles per hour. huge three to five-foot drifts covering roads and highways. schools and businesses were shut down. texas has called in the national guard to rescue people stranded on the roads.
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winds were whipping in south texas, too. brush fires sent flames into a home near san antonio, killing three people. in oklahoma, families trapped in their cars. like bill thompson, his wife, daughter and two granddaughters stranded on highway 83. they called for help. >> i don't know how many days or hours we're going to be here, because they can't get to us. >> reporter: they were trapped for 3 1/2 anxious hours. back in kansas, which has barely recovered from last week's snow, is now getting it again. if you're looking for any snow on the east coast, a whole lot of you not going to get it. it will stay mostly rain. ginger zee, abc news, kansas. >> ginger loves her job. and she would have to. >> if you have to be out there as often as she does, god bless your soul. >> this late february winter blast is also hitting the pacific northwest this morning. >> winter storm warnings are up in the mountains outside of seattle where crews are doing what they can to prevent avalanches from burying the roads. our storm coverage continues
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with meteorologist jim dickey at accuweather. good morning, jim. >> good morning rob and diana. dealing with a wintery mess this morning in the midwest. the blizzard conditions winding down across the plains, snow ending across the plains. heavy snow right now into kansas city, extending towards chicago. by the time all is said and done, 3 to 6 inches in the chicago area. most of this has already fallen and snow ends through here in the morning in kansas city. likely over a foot. then this snow extends into the northeast into wednesday. rob and diana, back to you. >> jim dickey at accuweather, thank you. those fierce winds in texas led to a deadly fire near san antonio. a mother and her infant twins died when flames engulfed their home. investigators say that the fire started in one home, spread to two others, then jumped across the street and burned two more homes to the ground. president obama heads to virginia today where he'll outline the impact of the looming budget cuts. yesterday, the president met
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with the nation's governors asking them to pressure congress to do something. but louisiana governor bobby jindal is among top republicans accusing the president of trying to scare americans. he said instead it's time for mr. obama to show leadership. >> congress should not allow these arbitrary, sequester cuts to go through and hurt our economy, slow our recovery. there's got to be a better way. >> now is the time to cut spending. it can be done without jeopardizing the economy and jeopardizing critical services. >> south carolina governor nikki haley took aim at democrats and republicans saying "no one should be playing golf, no one should be taking vacations until the issue is resolved." i think probably the whole country agrees with that. let's get something done here. because again, we've seen this. we had the fiscal cliff thing at the end of the year. another issue come may with the debt ceiling. and the republicans are saying mr. president, all you're doing is scaring people. it's not going to be as bad as it seems. so is this really going
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to happen and be that deeply impactful or is it more political showmanship? >> and speaking of showmanship, bobby jindal said this is a lack of leadership. not only are you scaring them, but you need to stop campaigning, according to bobby jindal. he was saying this just a couple feet away from the oval office. and while he was saying that in the briefing room only 50 feet away, homeland security secretary janet napolitano was saying if these things actually happen, america will be less secure. it's the theater of politics and we are here to watch it and unfortunately have to deal with it. >> march 1st is friday. so we're just days away here. so i think the country as a whole is tired of the gridlock. this is going to be a crescendo point. everyone just shut up, get in a room, lock the door and don't come out until you get the big deal done. chances are very unlikely. i think the frustration level is high. but from classrooms to hospitals to airports -- >> every aspect of our lives. >> could potentially be
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impacted. >> that's the key word, potentially. overseas now, and major new developments in efforts to end the civil war in syria. the government now says it's prepared to negotiate with the rebels. but it's unclear whether the rebels would have to lay down their weapons before talks can begin. that's a key sticking point in the past. this morning, "the new york times" is reporting that saudi arabia has been secretly funneling weapons to the rebels allowing them to make gains against president assad. the inconclusive outcome of italy's national elections is causing political gridlock and shaking up some financial markets. with nearly all the results in, there is still no clear winner this morning. italy's center left coalition was holding a slim lead over former prime minister silvio berlusconi. more than a year after the debt crisis in that country forced him out of office. and that election deadlock sent asian markets tumbling this morning. there are worries europe's debt problems could destabilize the global economy.
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it was a similar scene unfortunately on wall street. the dow opened for the day after a 200-point plunge. that's the biggest drop in more than three months. martha stewart is expected to testify in a trial today. pitting some of the retail world's most powerful retail players. the case revolves around a deal martha stewart signed with jcpenney to sell her goods there. macy is suing both, claiming that deal violates the agreement that macy's had with stewart to be stewart's exclusive seller. first off, we want to say this, if you enjoy ikea's swedish meatballs in the u.s., they're just fine. but not the case in 21 european countries where ikea meatballs have been pulled from the shelves because there are concerns they may contain horse meat. they were found in frozen foods
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where they were supposed to contain beef or pork, not horse meat. >> that story is hard to -- i'm not laughing. >> we're not laughing at the horse meat. we're just laughing at the horse meat. >> i didn't know ikea sold meatballs. i haven't been there in years. i just thought they sold furniture. >> the top floor, they have a cafeteria. you have to have swedish meatballs. so long as you're in america and not eating horse meat. they're actually delicious. >> you learn something every day. i had no idea. got to get to ikea. all right. here is the guy so many of us have wanted to be when things don't go right at the airport. this all happened in china. just keep an eye on the guy at the check-in desk. he actually is a high level government official, by the way. >> after he and his family missed their flight twice, he goes simply bananas. he takes out his frustration on the computer. he tries to break through the
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door with a sign, a paper sign at that by the way. >> this dude is pretty irritated. not a good day. he has since issued an apology, calling his actions irrational and rude. why did he say that? and he said he will pay for the damages that he caused. come on, we've all had a moment like that at the airport, the grocery store, in traffic. we all have a breaking point, and he clearly hit his. >> i just want to share this with everybody, because this is important information. we've all had breaking points and we've all been there mentally. we've never -- well, maybe somebody has. you've never done that. >> thought about it. >> thought about it in our brain, in our mind, never went that far. but this is what you need to know about this guy. here are the reasons he missed those two flights. the first one is the family was having a long breakfast. hold on, there's more. so they were rebooked into a second flight and they missed that one because they didn't hear the boarding call. >> so it's kind of his fault. that changes the whole story. >> a little bit.
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just a little bit. >> go to ikea and get some meatballs and chill out. relax. coming up, major career and personal development involving michael jackson's immediate family. and dietary research that surprised even the most experienced doctors. the foods that are best for those keeping heart healthy. you're watching "world news now." "world news now" weather brought to you by lunesta. can help you get there. iclon) like it has for so many people before. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving, or engaging in other activities while asleep, without remembering it the next day, have been reported. lunesta should not be taken together with alcohol. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations, or confusion.
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can actually be pretty delicious. a new study shows that a diet rich in olive oil, fish, nuts, and even wine can cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes. >> thank god for wine. what was the most amazing thing is researchers ended it early because the results were that clear. more now from abc's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: serving up a diet that's not only delicious -- >> perfect. >> reporter: but could be life saving. a new study published in "the new england journal of medicine" shows that eating a mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke and other heart related deaths by 30%. the study followed nearly 7,500 people in spain, all considered high risk for cardiovascular problems. half were told to eat a low fat diet. the other half followed a mediterranean diet, rich in nuts, extra virgin olive oil, fruits and vegetables. it was even remitted that those who drink alcohol consume seven glasses of wine a week. not everyone agrees with the
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findings. doctors point out that olive oil and nuts are only good in moderation, since both can be fattening, portion control is key. the subjects in the study did not lose weight but found benefits nonetheless. with diners saying this is a diet they could easily follow -- >> i guess because it's delicious, i love it. and i would love to be eating healthy food, why not? >> reporter: many doctors believe the mediterranean diet mixed with moderate exercise could create the perfect recipe for a healthy heart. marci gonzalez, abc news, new york. >> all right. go get those nuts. "the skinny" is next. "world news now" continues after this from our abc "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ skinny, so sk time now for "the skinny." we have a half of jackson family edition "skinny" for you today. >> i miss willis. he's no longer with us. he didn't die. he's with us. but he's off the show. willis is here, but missed "the skinny." we're thinking about you big man. he'll be back. >> michael jackson's son has -- is going to make an acting debut. so we heard he's now a
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correspondent for "entertainment tonight." now he's also an actor apparently. so he's making his debut on "90210." it's a teen drama on cw. it's the finale. he's going to play a trauma victim named cooper who connects with the main character named silver. so cool. >> he's a member of the jackson family. i don't think he has to act his way through being a trauma victim. he's been through a lot. >> yes, yes. well put. >> speaking of the jackson family, guess who is married? another one of my ex-girlfriends. janet jackson confirmed to "e.t." -- >> "entertainment tonight," isn't that where her little brother works? >> pure coincidence. you're so skeptical about tv people. this dude is a billionaire businessman. they confirmed the marriage only to "e.t." they say the rumors regarding an extravagant wedding are not true. last year, we were married in a quiet, private ceremony. last year, so they've been keeping this on the dl for a while. this is the second time she's
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gotten married quietly. they were married for years and she did it again. so congratulations. looking good as always, miss jackson. moving on now to somebody that we have talked a lot about, tiger woods. he has been spotted with his ex. this is going to happen in the world of people who have exes, obviously. but this is interesting because of the way they broke up and because he's tiger woods. anyway, they were spotted in jupiter, florida at a youth sports organization. so they were there for the kids. which is nice. tiger arrived first with his son and daughter, and she arrived about an hour later. they chatted for half an hour and they both left in her car. >> so for the good of the kids, mom and dad get together. just because the marriage is over, you're still mom and dad. so great to see that. so good for them. also congrats to the folks who produced the oscars. they did well. the telecast sunday night was
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we know you have a lot to say, and a lot to ask. >> and that's why this morning we're asking you to ask us anything at all. the "world news now" inbox is officially wide open. so logon to our facebook page at wnnfans.com and post your questions for us. >> make sure you post it under the inbox logo and we'll answer a few on the air tomorrow. we've got a lot of questions so far. >> ask us anything. >> yeah, bring it on. >> we're an open book. >> be careful what you ask for. >> we're going to only answer the really good ones. >> there we go. for months, the boy scouts of america has been debating whether to allow gay members into its ranks. >> there's been no decision, but a scout troop in oregon has taken matters into its own hands. >> reporter: you only need to tell a 7th grader one reason to ditch the boy scouts and instead join the new alternative, the cascadia scouts. >> we definitely get the good knive knives because they get the boy scout knives. >> reporter: he gets a
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leatherman, his favorite part of the new look for the group he and his dad helped create. you're the only one here wearing the new uniform. >> yes. i wasn't too big on tucking my shirt in, though. >> reporter: maybe the shirt isn't so portland, but the idea behind it is. what's wrong with the regular boy scouts? a lot of people are going to be wondering that. >> i just think because they're kind of restrictive. there's a lot of things you can't do there. >> reporter: but here you can. boys and girls go camping and take outdoor trips together. nobody cares whether you're gay or not religious, and at least a few dozen families like that approach. his dad, travis, helped come up with the plan to put a progressive portland spin on a very old institution. >> we wanted to create something that was a little bit more along our family philosophy, our kind of a portlandy version of what scouting would be. >> reporter: boy scouts in portland. everything takes a little different spin when you try to portlandize it. he's just got to talk to his son about the whole shirt thing. >> he's taking a good stance there.
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i want to do my own thing and so branch out into your own organization. more power to him. >> and cute outfits. >> that is the news for this half hour. don't miss our updates on facebook at wnnfans.com.
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est dude in hollywood the. this morning, breaking news. a deadly accident overseas. >> a hot air balloon in egypt catches fire, falling out of the sky. onboard, nearly two dozen tourists on a sunrise flight. there are deaths and injuries. and new video, just coming in. slammed again. another powerful winter storm is punishing the plains and the midwest right now. a travel mess for millions in texas. winds from the system spawned overnight fires across the state. lost at sea. the nonstop search for a family thought to be missing off california. and it's a moment backstage
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at the oscars that still has us talking. jennifer lawrence and her a-list admirer, caught only by our cameras. good tuesday morning, everyone. let's get right to that breaking news out of egypt. at least 19 foreign tourists killed in a tragic hot air balloon crash. >> it happened just hours ago, in the ancient city of luxor. officials say there was an explosion and a fire, 1,000 feet in the air, just before that balloon plunged from the sky and slammed into a sugar cane field. vacationers from europe, japan and hong kong are among the victims. there's still no word if any americans were onboard. the balloon pilot and two passengers reportedly survived the crash. we'll have much more on the story at abcnews.com. and the other major story we're watching all night, is the blizzard roaring its way through the middle of the country into the midwest.